– Blackout alert – UK offices and factories to undergo electricity rationing this winter (Ice Age Now, Sep 3, 2014):
Power crunch worsens – Emergency measures introduced to prevent the lights going out this winter.
Offices and factories will be offered compensation to undergo 1970s-style energy rationing and shut down for up to four hours a day to prevent households being plunged into darkness.
Under the powers, businesses that sign up will be ‘bribed’ to shut down between 4pm and 8pm on any day between November and February.
In addition, ‘National Grid announced yesterday that it would begin recruiting out-of-action power plants (closed but not yet dismantled), which would be paid to ensure they could start up if needed as a “last resort”. It had said in June that the emergency plan to boost power supplies would not be needed this year.’
National Grid yesterday contacted the owners of recently closed plants to see if they could be running in time for winter.
The National Grid has a budget of £800million to control supply and demand within the power network.
Hmmm. Weren’t all of those wind turbines supposed to come to the rescue?
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